BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé


Highlights for petrolheads: these are the car shows you can’t afford to miss.

The most important motor shows 2019.Highlights for petrolheads: these are the car shows you can’t afford to miss.

When the world‘s biggest motor shows open their doors, the hearts of car fans beat that bit faster. Even in the age of internet exclusives, there are still trade fair events that attract visitors from all over the world with the promise of fantastic new products and the advantage of being able to get up close and personal with the vehicles. What follows is a guide to the five most exciting motor shows you really shouldn’t miss. 2019 will be particularly spectacular year for BMW M – but you’ll have to wait a little longer to see all the big reveals - stay tuned!

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  • 01 March - Geneva Motor Show
  • 02 April - Auto Shanghai
  • 03 September - IAA in Frankfurt
  • 04 November - SEMA Show Las Vegas
  • 05 November – LA Auto Show
Geneva Motor Show


7 to 17 March 2019.

Every year in March, the motor show season begins in Geneva. As a Swiss trade fair, the Geneva International Motor Show has many names, one in each of the country’s four official languages; ‘Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS)’ being its English title for international visitors. The Geneva Motor Show is the only European motor show to take place every year. Taking place at the Palexpo exhibition centre, Halls 1 to 6 are reserved for international manufacturers, designers and luxury brands, while Hall 7 is dedicated to Switzerland's national automotive industry.

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Geneva Motor Show



Tradition since 1905.

Since the first motor show in 1905, Geneva has had an eventful history. Back then, 37 exhibitors attracted around 17,000 visitors to the still purely national fair, and the venue moved to the capital city of Zurich several times afterwards. It was not until 1924 that the motor show billed itself as an international event featuring important world premieres, attracting over 600,000 visitors.

Looking forwards, its organiser has announced that the categories permitted at the event will be extended. 2019’s Geneva Show will be further opened up to autonomous and electric vehicles to show all facets of passenger mobility and to give exhibitors "more flexibility in terms of exhibits".

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BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé

A special kind of motor show.

The special status of the Geneva International Motor Show is reflected in the quality of world premieres that have taken place at it. In 2018, for example, the sensational BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé made its debut there.

The Geneva International Motor Show takes place every year in the Palexpo exhibition centre. The 89th Geneva Motor Show is open to the public from 7 to 17 March, 2019. Admission: 16 CHF.


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Auto Shanghai


16 to 25 April 2019.

The Auto Shanghai is a relative newcomer among the major international motor shows: its inaugural event took place in 1985. It alternates every two years with Auto China in Beijing, also known as the Beijing Motor Show. In both cases, international car manufacturers, equipment suppliers and service providers exhibit there. Both fairs are among the most important and largest car fairs for the Asian market: Auto Shanghai 2017 attracted more than 1,000 exhibitors and more than a million visitors. The show is primarily aimed at international trade visitors.

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Auto Shanghai

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A fair of superlatives.

At Auto Shanghai you will find everything for getting around on four or more wheels: new cars, trucks, buses and commercial vehicles, plus all conceivable after market components, audio and navigation systems, services and workshop equipment. Whether it’s tuning, special paints or car care products, there's simply nothing car-related that the show won’t feature. The proximity to the Chinese mainland also influences this trade fair: the topics of autonomy and electric mobility are particularly prevalent, as China is the largest market for these emerging trends.

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Auto Shanghai takes place every two years at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in Pudong. The 18th Auto Shanghai opens on 16 April, 2019, for the press only, then from 18 to 25 April for members of the public.


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IAA in Frankfurt


10 to 22 September 2019.

Although the International Motor Show Germany, in German known as the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA), takes place every year, it is only hosted in Frankfurt every two years. However, the event alternates with the slightly less spectacular IAA Commercial Vehicles show, which always takes place on even years in Hanover. The division of the IAA between East and West Germany was decided in the same year that the Berlin Wall fell; 1989 was the last time that passenger cars and commercial vehicles were exhibited together.

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From carriages to supercars.

The very first IAA took place in 1897 at a hotel in Berlin, where just eight motorised carriages were seen on display. A lot has happened since then, and Frankfurt has carved itself a place as a fixture on the automobile industry’s calendar. In 2017, more than 800,000 people came to the city to see the latest passenger vehicles, making the IAA the most popular public trade fair in Germany. The show’s near 1,000 exhibitors from 39 countries continue to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The IAA Cars show takes place every two years in the exhibition grounds in Frankfurt am Main. The 68th IAA Motor show starts on 10 March 2019, with the first two days for press only and opens to the public from 12 to 22 March 2019. Admission: about 16 euros.


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SEMA Show Las Vegas


5 to 7 November 2019.

Las Vegas glitters and glows 24-hours a day, seven days a week. But in addition to the well-known tourist attractions that the world's largest adult playground has to offer – such as gambling, glamorous shows and drive-in weddings – there are interesting trade fairs all year round at one of the world's largest fairgrounds. One of these is the SEMA Show - the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

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BMW M3 30 Years USA Edition

The annual auto tuning and accessories expo takes place in the very public city of Las Vegas, but is open only to the automotive trade. So every year car fans have to wait for news and photos to emerge from those journalists and publications/websites who have industry contacts that attended.

SEMA Show in Las Vegas



BMW M5 Competition M Performance Parts

BMW M has already presented an extensive range of exclusive M Performance Parts at the SEMA Show in recent years. These include perfectly coordinated accessories for the BMW M2 and BMW M5 – as well as numerous other models – all created with the company’s motor racing expertise.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show takes place annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The next SEMA Show will open its doors from 5 to 7 November, 2019.


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LA Auto Show


22 November to 1 December 2019.

The Los Angeles Auto Show – LA Auto Show for short – has long been one of the largest and most essential motor shows in the world. Founded in 1907, it is the most important motor show in the US, alongside the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. For 2019 alone, the organizers expect around 1,000 vehicles to be exhibited at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, where the show is held annually.

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LA Auto Show

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BMW M340i xDrive

And a world premiere.

In 2018, BMW presented a whole series of innovations in the Californian metropolis. These included the BMW X7, the BMW M850i xDrive Cabrio and M850i xDrive Coupé, as well as the BMW Z4 M40i. The new BMW M340i xDrive also celebrated its world premiere at the LA Auto Show last year.

The Los Angeles Auto Show takes place annually at the LA Convention Center. The next show will take place from 22 November to 1 December 2019.


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BMW M3 Sedan:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 8.8 (8.3)
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 204 (194)
The figures in brackets refer to the vehicle with seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic.

BMW M5 Sedan:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.8 - 10.7
CO2-emissions in g/km (combined): 246 - 243

BMW M5 Competition:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.8 - 10.7
CO2-emissions in g/km (combined): 246 - 243

BMW M340i xDrive:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 7.5*
CO2emissions in g/km (combined): 172*

*preliminary, not final technical data, subject to change

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